The Little Eucharistic Brothers of Divine Will

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The Little Eucharistic Brothers of Divine Will

It was an encounter with the presence of God in an empty Catholic Church that led Br Gilbert Bloomer to the Catholic faith and to join the Little Eucharistic Brothers of Divine Will.

Partaking in Jewish studies at a synagogue, a 23 year-old Gilbert felt inclined to have a look inside a Catholic Church across the road.

Once inside, he mysteriously felt the presence of God and his journey to becoming a Catholic began.

“When I went in there I felt the presence of God and I couldn’t work it out as I wasn’t praying and there was no-one else in there,” Br Gilbert.

“That started me on my journey to find out what the Catholic Church believed.”

In 1987, at the age of 24, Br Gilbert converted to Catholicism.

His church experience also gave him a love of Eucharistic adoration, which in turn led him to the Apostles of Perpetual Adoration (APA), whose charism focuses on promoting perpetual adoration, attaining the highest level of sanctity and sharing those experiences with others.
Based in a busy parish in Perth, Western Australia, Br Gilbert became a consecrated APA brother in 2010 and in 2013 the two brothers of the community took on the name, the Little Eucharistic Brothers of Divine Will.

A year later the brothers moved to Tasmania, in search of a more contemplative life.

“We came to Tassie to discover who we were and where we were being called to by God as brothers and we felt called to prayer,” Br Gilbert said.

Living in Dover in the Huon Valley (and now with an additional novice brother in the community), Br Gilbert spoke of his love of Tasmania and the community.
“It was God’s will [to come here],” he said.

“We live in this wonderful hidden valley, it’s just so peaceful and the perfect place for us.

“The parish down here is so friendly, they have just embraced us.”

Active community members, the brothers also enjoy running Eucharistic adoration rosters at Ranelagh, Cygnet and Dover, which have proven popular amongst many parishioners.

“Our approach is to just gently fit in with what people are doing and do what we do, and people have been responding,” he said.

“The other day we had six hours of adoration to pray for rain because the farmers were desperate.

“A few days later – it rained.”